NAWG Weekly Updates, October 14, 2021
Last Day to Register for Hotel
Today is the last day to register at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel. You will find everything you need to book your room on our Wheat Industry Fall Conference website page.
NAWG CEO article Baking Business
Last week, NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, spoke at the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) about the advantageous position wheat growers have when it comes to sustainable agricultural practices, however, work should be done before growers should be expected to invest in steps to further invest in these practices. He highlighted the questions to be answered before grower participation should be expected in carbon markets and how important it is for the credit generated by the sequestered carbon, come back to the farmer. He also voiced concerns about the debate on the reality of climate change, a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and the lack of wheat research. To read the full article, click here.
NAWG Leader Wants to Meet with Simpson on Snake River Dams
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, discussed his request to meet with Representative Mike Simpson to debate his proposal to breach the Snake River dams that are critical to farmers’ livelihoods. NAWG will advocate for concerned wheat growers on the issue of breaching these dams since these river systems are responsible for 10% of U.S. wheat flows. Exports are critical to U.S. wheat growers, and maintaining these locks and dams plays a key role in ensuring wheat’s competitiveness. They provide a safe and reliable mode of transportation and are key to the long-term vitality of our industry. To read the full article, click here.
Drought Conditions Cause Soft White Wheat Production in Washington to Plummet to Historic Lows
Soft white wheat has had its worst production year nationwide since the 1970s. Projected production this year was 87.1 million of both spring and winter wheat, the lowest since 1964. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, commented on the difficulty in selling wheat when it’s not meeting the standards of their overseas customers. This decrease in production is largely due to the lack of rainfall many areas have been facing. To read the full article, click here.
NAWG Advocacy Campaign
NAWG’s advocacy campaign is still ongoing. So far, 155 participants have joined the campaign, meaning 76 congressional offices have been reached with over 500 messages. With the reconciliation bill still being debated, it is important to make our voices heard to protect family farms and farmers. Click here to join us in our campaign and follow the instructions to send a message to your Member of Congress.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
EPA Army Announce Regional Roundtable on WOTUS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army have asked for roundtable propositions to provide input on the regional implications of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). They have announced a process for nomination letter submission with a lineup of participants to potentially be selected as a roundtable. The roundtables will allow for discussion to compare geographic regions, discuss water resources unique to each region, and discuss site-specific feedback about implementation. To find out more information, click here.
White House Announces Additional Efforts to Address Supply Chain Bottlenecks
Yesterday, the White House’s Supply Chain Disruption Task Force, which convened in June, announced an agreement between ports, dockworkers, railroads, trucking companies, unions, and retailers they would expand their standard hours of operations to help ease supply chain bottlenecks. These actions are expected to move over 3,500 additional containers per week through the end of the year. For more information and to read the White House’s fact sheet, click here.
USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts through Conservation Reserve Program Initiative
USDA is investing $10 million into a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to better gauge climate outcomes of the program. Data gathered will be used to strengthen many tools which allow evaluation of potential carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Soil carbon sampling will occur on three categories of CRP practice types: perennial grass, trees, and wetlands. To read the full press release and get more information, click here.
October WASDE Report
Earlier this week, USDA released the October WASDE Report. Wheat highlights included an increase in the projected season-average farm price to $6.70 for 2021/22, a decrease in world production by 51 million bushels from September’s projection, and a decrease in projected world consumption to 787.1 MMT in 2021/22. Overall, estimates were positive for wheat. Hackett Financial Advisors commented in an AgWeek article that there is an expectation of higher moving prices for wheat to continue. To view the AgWeek article overviewing the row crop sector portion of the WASDE, click here. To view the full WASDE report from USDA, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Early in the week, an upper-level low pressure system drifted from the Southeast to the Great Lakes keeping many areas across the Southeast and Ohio Valley wet. A coastal low-pressure system along the coastal Carolinas brought some additional precipitation to coastal and inland areas of the Carolinas, leading to mixed reductions and expansion in coverage of abnormal dryness across the Carolinas and Virginia. A strong surface low pressure system brought heavy rainfall across the Dakotas and northern Minnesota, leading to broad 1-category improvements. In the wake of this storm system, a surface low pressure system developed in the Rockies over the Southern Plains dropping several inches of rainfall, further improving drought conditions (1-category improvements) in areas affected by the recent rapid onset and intensification of drought during September. As this low-pressure system moved across the Midwest it led to further improvements across portions of the western Corn Belt, due to heavy rainfall. Areas that missed out on the rainfall over the Great Plains experienced worsening conditions due to above-normal temperatures and high winds increasing evaporation and leading to increased soil moisture loss. An active storm track in the West, associated with a long wave trough, resulted in improving conditions along fringe drought areas in the Pacific Northwest and the Four Corners, where antecedent wetness leading up to this week resulted in more immediate improvements. Given the intensity and duration of drought across the remainder of the West, more precipitation will be needed to warrant more meaningful improvements. To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Crop Insurance Basics-Wheat Workshop
On October 20, NWF will be hosting a workshop for congressional staff on crop insurance basics-wheat. Our speakers will be farmers, crop insurance agency owners, and crop insurance/ag lenders. This workshop will discuss why wheat farmers need crop insurance, how they pay for it, and what kind of disasters crop insurance covers. This will just be a brief introduction and allow time for questions. For more details, contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org.
Gifts of Grain
Our Gifts of Grain fundraiser that will raise money for wheat education, research, and outreach is still active. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.
FMC Joins Radio Show on Winter Wheat Herbicides
Listen in on this recent Ag PhD Radio Show feature on winter wheat with FMC Technical Services Manager, Matthew Wiggins. Matthew overviews the benefits of applying a proven Group 15 herbicide to your winter wheat crop to help combat tough to control weeds such as resistant Italian ryegrass. Listen here.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
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